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Daylight Savings Time Begins 2 a.m. Sunday!

on March 11, 2017 - 4:10pm

COMMUNITY News:

Remember to spring your clocks forward an hour tonight. Daylight savings time begins at 2 a.m., Sunday, March 12.

Many smartphones, computers, tablets and other digital devices will change the time automatically for you, but it’s a good idea to change your regular clocks before you go to bed.

Bill To Rein In Predatory Loan Practices Clears Hurdle

on March 11, 2017 - 11:15am
Rep. Patty Lundstrom
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE Rep. Patty Lundstrom’s (D-Gallup) bill to rein in predatory loan practices has passed the House Judiciary Committee by a 9-1 vote.
 
HB 347 would limit the fees and charges financial institutions add to installment loans, also known as payday loans, and implement financial literacy programs in the state.
 
"We need to make sure the consumer financial market works for everyday New Mexicans, not just the well-connected,” said Representative Patty Lundstrom (D-Gallup). “New Mexicans deserve access to loans with fair interest rates, without

Luján Introduces Two Measures Designed To Increase Transparency In Political Advertising

on March 11, 2017 - 7:47am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
U.S. CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), introduced two pieces of legislation March 8 to increase transparency and openness in the political system by making it easier to determine exactly who is sponsoring and paying for political ads.
 
Luján’s bills make it easier to determine who is funding anonymous political ads and require that information filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about those ads be more available and accessible to the public.
 
“Since the Citizens United decision opened the doors to

Letter To The Editor: Veto Override Of HB241 Hurts

on March 11, 2017 - 7:42am
By CHARLES BOWYER
NEW-NM Executive Director
 
Gov. Susana Martinez doesn't think teachers are human, too, since she vetoed HB 241 introduced by Republican legislators.
 
The veto is inhumane - hurting both students and educators. House Bill 241 recognizes that teachers might occasionally need to take sick leave.
 
Fortunately the majority in both the House (only three votes against) and Senate (unanimously in favor) do believe teachers are human, too.
 
Educators statewide urge the House and the Senate to override the Governor's veto, as called for by Sen. Brandt (R-Rio Rancho).

FBI: Armed Man Robs Albuquerque Bank, Flees Crime Scene In Dodge Durango SUV

on March 11, 2017 - 7:25am
FBI News:
 
An armed man robbed a northeast Albuquerque bank Tuesday, March 7, and fled in a white Dodge Durango SUV after switching getaway vehicles.
 
The suspect is described as a bald, stocky Hispanic male in his 30s and approximately 6' tall. He wore a black bandana over his face, a black baseball cap, a blue T-shirt with a white long-sleeve shirt underneath and black jeans.
 
The suspect entered BBVA Compass Bank, 1201 San Pedro Dr., NE, at approximately 11:24 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses said he displayed a silver or gray handgun and demanded money from a teller.
 
The teller handed

Udall Votes Against Friedman For Ambassador To Israel

on March 11, 2017 - 7:08am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall 
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  March 9, in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall voted against confirming David Friedman for ambassador to Israel.
 
Udall cited Friedman's litany of well-documented, extreme, and inflammatory positions and statements maligning members of the Senate, the Obama administration, other public officials, and prominent Jewish organizations. 
 
The Committee advanced Mr.

Solar Panels On State Buildings Passes Committee

on March 11, 2017 - 7:06am
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE  An important committee of the New Mexico House of Representatives March 9 voted on a bipartisan basis to advance Senate Bill 227, a bill requiring state government to install solar energy panels on its 750 buildings, so long as it would provide a net savings on utility costs and not require any upfront costs. 
 
Sen. Jeff Steinborn of Las Cruces, the bill’s sponsor, said the legislation will give taxpayers and the State potentially huge potential savings on electric and energy costs. 
 
The bill now moves to the House Judiciary Committee for a vote.

AG Scam Alert: Attorney General Warns Consumers About Top Scams Hitting New Mexico

on March 10, 2017 - 11:18am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
PUBLIC SAFETY News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  On Day 6 of National Consumer Protection Week, Attorney General Balderas issued a Scam Alert for the top scams hitting New Mexico consumers.
 
“During Consumer Protection Week, I’m urging New Mexicans to educate themselves about the most common scams hitting New Mexico households and how to spot them before it’s too late,” Balderas said. “Never, ever give out your personal or financial information to someone who calls or emails you.”
 
Top scams hitting New Mexico households
 
Offers to help "expedite" consumer

Bill To Invest In New Mexico Infrastructure Projects Passes House

on March 10, 2017 - 11:15am
STATE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE A bill that would invest in New Mexico infrastructure projects passed the New Mexico House, March 9, by a bipartisan vote of 47-20.
 
HB 405 allows the State Investment Council (SIC) to invest half of the state’s permanent fund infrastructure investments on infrastructure projects in New Mexico.
 
“By investing in our state’s infrastructure we are ensuring job creation and long term economic growth,” bill sponsor Representative Antonio Maestas (D-Albuquerque) said.

Scenes From Los Alamos ‘Day Without A Woman’

on March 10, 2017 - 11:14am
Los Alamos County Councilor Chris Chandler speaks to a crowd of some 200 people gathered Wednesday at Ashley Pond Park for the Day Without A Woman! event as part of International Women's Day. The goal of the rally was to highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the US and global economies, while calling attention to the economic injustices women continue to face. ‘No doubt many of you are worried about the things that are happening in our country,’ Chandler said.

Bipartisan Bill To Ban Coyote Killing Contests Passes State Senate

on March 10, 2017 - 11:11am
STATE SENATE News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has passed Senate Bill 268, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Mark Moores (R-Albuquerque), to ban coyote killing contests by a 26-15 vote.
 
“Our wildlife is part of what makes the Land of Enchantment special, and the fact that these thrill-killing contests continue to be held in New Mexico is unacceptable,” Sen. Steinborn said.
 
Senate Bill 268 previously passed the Senate Conservation Committee by a 6-3 vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee 7-2, and after yesterday's Senate floor vote now heads to the House,

Data Breach Notification Passes Senate Committee

on March 10, 2017 - 10:10am

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon, the Senate Public Affairs Committee unanimously passed House Bill 15, known as the Data Breach Notification Act. The legislation is sponsored by Republican Rep. Bill Rehm of Bernalillo.

House Bill 15 would require businesses and other entities to implement reasonable procedures to protect the personal information of consumers. The bill would require that consumers be notified if it is suspected that their personal information may have been compromised by a data breach.

Heinrich Congratulates Two New Mexico Students On Acceptance To Prestigious US Senate Youth Program

on March 10, 2017 - 10:02am

From left, James Michael Valerio of Taos, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and  Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in honoring New Mexico students Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces and James Michael Valerio of Taos at a reception wednesday celebrating their acceptance into the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). 

“I congratulate Irene Tenaya Fernald and James Michael Valerio on their acceptance into the highly competitive and merit-based United States Senate Youth

LANL: Perovskite Edges Can Be Tuned For Optoelectronic Performance

on March 10, 2017 - 9:53am

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory and their research partners are creating innovative 2D layered hybrid perovskites that allow greater freedom in designing and fabricating efficient optoelectronic devices. Courtesy/LANL

 

How it works, from sunshine (yellow beam) to LED light and photovoltaics -- Edge-states at the edges of the 2D perovskite layers lead to dissociation of electron-hole pairs (excitons) to free carriers for efficient photovoltaics of more than 12 percent (left). Dissociated carriers captured and located at the edge-states live longer while being protected from

Luján Statement Following 27-hour Marathon Committee Debate On Healthcare Repeal Bill

on March 9, 2017 - 10:13pm

From the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the House Energy & Commerce Committee began consideration and debate on Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. After more than 27 hours of on-going debate, the Committee approved the bill on a straight party line basis.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), a member of the committee who was present for all 27 hours of the committee hearing, issued the following statement:

“I am disappointed that this bill does not offer a solution to any of the healthcare problems real Americans face.

Environmental Justice Moral Monday At State Capitol

on March 9, 2017 - 9:51am

STATE News:
  • New Mexicans impacted by environmental injustice in their communities bring their voices to the State Capitol

 

SANTA FE -- About 50 community leaders impacted by environmental justice issues in New Mexico will be connecting with their decision makers in the State Capitol on Monday, March 13 as part of Environmental Justice (EJ) Moral Monday. The citizens’ advocacy  day is intended to highlight various EJ issues impacting our air, land, water and health.


Environmental justice communities and organizations from across New Mexico will be participating at the event held at the

House Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Tax Bill

on March 9, 2017 - 9:30am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The House unanimously passed bipartisan tax legislation that includes a number of top priorities for hardworking New Mexico families.

Rep. Carl Trujillo (D-Santa Fe) introduced a floor substitute for House Bill 412, sponsored by Rep. Jason Harper (R-Rio Rancho), and the substitute was unanimously adopted.

The new bill simplifies the tax code to improve the economic footing for the state while keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking New Mexico families.

Local Students Excel In New Mexico Children’s Bible Quizzing Competition

on March 9, 2017 - 9:11am

Coaches Katrina Granillo, left, and Cindy Byerly with from left, Sienna Granillo, Hannah Granillo, Alex Byerly and Kyle Granillo. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Sienna Granillo, 10, Kyle Granillo, 9, Alex Byerly, 8, and Hannah Granillo, 6, of White Rock recently represented the La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock at the District level of the New Mexico Children’s Bible Quizzing. The quiz meet took place Saturday, March 4 in Albuquerque.

The children competed against 40-50 other participants from all around New Mexico.

Gov. Signs Two Bills Expanding Broadband Access

on March 8, 2017 - 7:02pm

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

SENATE DEMOCRATS News:

 

SANTA FE – Today, Gov. Susana Martinez signed two bills to encourage business development by expanding broadband access to underserved communities across New Mexico.

House Bill 60 by Rep. Carl Trujillo and Sen. Jacob Candelaria will spur broadband development across the state and significantly reduce the costs of new broadband network construction through partnerships between local governments and broadband providers.

“This legislation will have an immense impact towards the goal of ensuring every New Mexican family and business

Senate Passes Bill To Increase Funding For Classrooms By Increasing State's Cigarette Tax

on March 8, 2017 - 1:42pm
STATE News:
  • Cigarette Tax Prevents Looming Cuts of 5-7 Percent to Public Schools

 

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Senate today passed legislation by a vote of 24 to 16 to provide public schools a needed funding increase of $89 million per year by increasing the state’s cigarette tax by $1.50. 

SB 231, sponsored by Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City, would direct the new revenues to strengthen New Mexico’s K-12 classrooms, which have been hit with cuts worth tens of millions of dollars.

Calling All Women To Ashley Pond 11:30 a.m. Today!

on March 8, 2017 - 8:02am

Udall To Question FCC Chairman And DOI Secretary On Policy Priorities

on March 8, 2017 - 7:51am
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today at 8 a.m. MT / 10 a.m. ET, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, will attend the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing to ask Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai about FCC policy priorities during the Trump administration.
 
Then at 12:15 p.m.

Letter To The Editor: About That ‘Freedom Of Press’

on March 8, 2017 - 7:32am
By ROBERT VISEL
Los Alamos

In reference to a recent letter to the editor in the Los Alamos Daily Post about “Freedom Of The Press” ... there are a few problems with this concept lately.

I’m all for the First Amendment and all it stands for unfortunately today's media outlets have proven time and time again that they are extremely biased in their reporting. This applies to all the major news networks, especially CNN, as well as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, and the rest.

House Passes Bill For Early High School Graduation

on March 8, 2017 - 7:28am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday to allow New Mexico students the opportunity to graduate early from high school. House Bill 498 is sponsored by Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Valencia), and it passed on a bipartisan 62 to 5 vote.

Baldonado’s bill would permit students to test out of high school if they score in the top twenty percentile of students taking the ACT, SAT, the armed services vocational aptitude battery, or other assessment approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department.

House Passes Bill To Advance Bioscience Research

on March 8, 2017 - 6:47am

HOUSE REPUBLICAN News:

SANTA FE – The House of Representatives passed House Bill 460 Tuesday night, to establish a Bioscience Authority in New Mexico. The bill sponsored, by Rep. Larry Larrañaga (R-Bernalillo), passed on a 64 to 2 vote.

House Bill 460 would create a Bioscience Authority to promote collaboration between state universities, government research institutions, including the national laboratories, and private sector entities in New Mexico.

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